There are 4 matric pass levels:

  1. National Senior Certificate Pass 
  2. Higher certificate
  3. Diploma
  4. Bachelor’s Degree (commonly known as an exemption).

Here are the pass requirements for each of these levels:

National Senior Certificate Pass 

This is the bare minimum needed to pass your matric year. 

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 2 other subjects
  • An APS score of 2 in 4 other subjects
  • A total APS score of 14

You can use this APS calculator to calculate your score.

Higher Certificate Pass Requirements

  • Must obtain 40% in your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 40% in two other subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for three other subjects.
  • It is important to note that one of your languages must either be English or Afrikaans to qualify for a Higher Certificate.

Diploma Pass Requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 40% for three other High Credit subjects (Four, including your home language.).
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects.

Bachelor’s Degree Pass Requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 50% for four other High Credit subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects.

Level system

  • Level 7: 80 – 100% (Outstanding achievement)
  • Level 6: 70 – 79% (Meritorious achievement)
  • Level 5: 60 – 69% (Substantial achievement)
  • Level 4: 50 – 59% (Moderate achievement)
  • Level 3: 40 – 49% (Adequate achievement)
  • Level 2: 30 – 39% (Elementary achievement)
  • Level 1: 0 – 29% (Not achieved – Fail)

Which subjects are compulsory?

  • Home Language
  • First Additional Language
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation

What are High Credit subjects?

  • Languages
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies

Low Credit subjects

  • Computer Applications Technology
  • Tourism